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Get your @InfinioSystems Free #VMworld Conference Pass – Only 2 days left!!!

vmw-web-vmworld13-KB-banner-160x160VMworld 2013 in San Francisco is only 33 days away and you only have 2 more days to enter Infinio's contest to get a chance to win a free full conference pass.  Honestly, this couldn't be easier!  Enter your name and check a few boxes and you are in!  VMworld is epic and a great time packed full of a ton of information and great conversation so if it is simply the cost of the pass that is holding you back, make sure you enter!

Wait!  Who is Infinio?

infinio_logoIf you find yourself scratching your head and wondering who Infinio is don't worry – They just came out of stealth at Tech Field Day 9 unveiling their Infiniio Accelerator.  This product is in its basics a server side cache that pools the hosts RAM and uses it to accelerate NFS workloads in your vSphere environment.  You can have a look at some of the blog posts that came out of that day at the bottom of this post.  I know there is some pretty big anticipation on my part to see this product in action once it is released!

Chris Wahl – Infinio Aims To Accelerate Your VMware NAS Workloads

Duncan Epping – Startup Intro – Infinio

Alastair Cooke – Infinio, cache in your ESXi server for your NFS datastores

​By know if you have read the posts above you probably aren't even thinking about VMworld anymore – you are probably all consumed with the awesomeness that is Infinio.  I know I am!  Sign up to for their beta here to be one of the first to see it once it is released!

Friday Shorts – #C2OS, Goodbye Reader, Free #VMworld passes and more…

Surely you can't be serious.  I am serious…Don't call me Shirley. – Ted Striker(Robery Hays) and  Rumack(Leslie Nielsen) from Airplane – Classic!!!!


vbrownbagGuess what!?!  The #vBrownBag crew, specifically Cody Bunch are doing something wicked awesome!  SHOCKER!  They do this week in and week out and I certainly recommend checking it out.  Well it seems now we have a spin off off of the spin off sack lunches that have been dealing with OpenStack, this one called Couch to OpenStack!  If you have any interest in OpenStack at all I would certainly check these out – I'll be attending live when I can but hey, if you can't make it they record the whole thing.  Episode 1 is available here – Get IT!

No more Google Reader

googlereader1So depressed!  It's an interface I've used on a daily basis for quite some time now – and now, it's gone!  The fact that I knew it was coming didn't help!  Anyways, there goes my whole 'Sh!t I starred" section of my Friday Shorts now, since I'm not starring anything anymore.  I'll continue to throw interesting links I've read/found, just will have to come up with a new title 🙂  RIP Google Reader!

Free VMworld passes!

vmw-web-vmworld13-KB-banner-160x160Great contest going on at VMware with the Hands on Labs team.  The contest – simply take a picture of yourself taking a hands on lab – in the most unique setting you can think of – now that's an easy contest to enter.  All the details are here!  I can't wait to see some of these pictures.  And who knows, you may win!  VMworld is epic and was a game changer for me back in 2011 when I attended for the first time!

RTs, Flips, +1s, Favorites, whatever…

  • Kenneth Hui has an absolutely awesome blog series kicking of titled OpenStack compute for vSphere Admins.  In part 1 he goes over the basic architecture of OpenStack and makes notes on how it works and doesn't work and where the integration points are within vSphere!  This is a must read and I look forward to more coming from Kenneth's blog!
  • In the lighter side of things the man from the ghetto William Lam has a pretty cool post about VMware's Acronyms.  We all know there are a lot of them and William goes over how to pronounce them – even the ever so controversial vCAC 🙂
  • More contests – PHD Virtual has a nice little contest going on right now where you could win a 1 year license of their backup software, just for simply downloading the bits!  Get over there and check out what PHD Virtual has to offer!.

VMworld 2013 call for papers – Don’t be discouraged!

speakingThere have already been various posts from around the world announcing the opening of VMworld 2013 call for papers.  There has also been a number of posts with all of the tips and tricks on how to best submit your abstract in hopes of it being accepted.  This post isn’t really about either of those, it’s simply a little description of my experience with the call for papers.

Last year I submitted a session for VMworld in regards to vCenter Operations and how it’s not just applicable to large enterprises or cloud environments  how the SMB can certainly benefit from operations management as well.  Needless to say it didn’t get accepted…  Certainly I had hoped it would, I thought the information I had to share could be valuable to others and at the same time, help me with my speaking abilities 🙂  That being said I wasn’t that disappointed…  However, 2 weeks after it closed I got a message from one of the VMworld track organizers asking if I’d be interested in speaking on a customer panel in regards to vCOps.   Obviously I was thrilled and ended up speaking for the first time at VMworld!

So, be sure to get all your sessions submitted.  I know you all have a lot of valuable information to share and I want to hear it!  And even if you don’t get accepted during the first round of cuts, just remember, there’s always that chance…

vCommunity Trust – Helping to grow the infrastructure technologies community

Not sure if you have noticed but for the past few weeks there has been a new banner ad on the left side of this site.  This is my attempts to help increase awareness and provide people with a little more visibility into the vCommunity Trust organization   vCommunity Trust is a non profit organization whose main goal is to provide free training to the general public as well as financial assistance to to those who need to help them obtain technological certifications.

Now I’ve heard of vCommunity Trust before but didn’t know a lot about them but after meeting and getting to talk for a little bit with one of the founders, Paul Valentino (blog/twitter) at VMworld this year I thought I would try and help the cause where I could.  vCommunity Trust currently has a couple of programs in action right now outlined below, for more information or to determine eligibility for either program you can find more here.

The vCommunity Trust Certification and Training Program for vProfessionals

The vCommunity Trust Certification and Training Program’s goal is to provide at least four students per year from around the globe with the training requirements to pass the VCP exam and to provide the vouchers required to pay for both the training and the certification exam. As the program, volunteer support, and corporate sponsorship expands we would like to extend this program to include training and certification in additional areas including but not limited to Operating Systems, Security, Storage, and Networking related certifications. The goal is to make training for datacenter technologies available to those who would not normally have the opportunity and who truly desire a technical education.

The vCommunity Trust Datacenter Training for Public Schools Program

Help us to help your community! The vCommunity Trust Datacenter Training for Public Schools Program is aimed at providing datacenter training labs to public schools around the globe whether it be onsite, remote or a combination of the two. All donations to support this program will be handled at a regional level through the support of local volunteers and businesses. Donors will have the option of choosing the region they would like to allocate their donated resources to. For the purposes of this program a region is defined as a State, Province, or the equivalent. The goal is to coordinate the delivery and storage of equipment donations for this program through volunteers from each regions local technical user group/s. This program depends upon support from local individuals and businesses in every part of the world and is their opportunity to help educate their own communities without requiring them to obtain IRS designation as a public charity – a savings of approximately one year in effort.

Aside from just the programs there is a ton of training, guides and slides available to the general public for free.  Again, you can find these over at the vCommunity Trust site.  I encourage everyone to visit the site and learn more about what they are offering.   And if you are looking for some assistants and you qualify for one of the programs get your name in and apply, you never know and they are currently looking for students.  If you think you can do more to help out via lesson wise, spend some time and put something together  they would love to have it.  And of course with any non profit organization donations are always welcome, this helps to keep great organizations such as these up and running and they are always appreciated.

Yet another VMworld wrap-up (I know, I’m really late to the party)

I know, VMworld is sooooo two weeks ago, the biggest announcement of vSphere 5.1 has already been delivered and is GA and the world is all basking in its new features and enhancements, the vCloud suites have been blogged to death, most of the sessions have even been made available on the VMworld Socialcast site, so why go and throw yet another VMworld post out there? Well, it was VMworld last year that gave me the final push to start this blog (see post here) and a lot of vGoodness has happened to me since then ( sponsors, certifications, vExpertiness) so I guess i just feel like i owe it to the VMworld gods to throw out my experience at the show.

Last year was my first VMworld and to tell you the truth i had no idea what to expect and after the first day lets just say i was a little overwhelmed, crazy tired and a whole lot excited. So this year i knew what to expect and thought i was more than enough prepared for the awesomeness the show could throw at me….well, not really, i was left with the same symptoms i had in 2011. I had no idea what was in store for me that week in San Francisco but by no means was I ready for what was to unfold. A few highlights of my week below…

I got to meet Pat Gelsinger and Steve Herrod at the CTO reception. How cool is that? You know, just chattin it up with CEO and CTO of the billion dollar company that produces the software that has been consuming every ounce of your free time.  Let me say, being a vExpert at VMworld is pretty awesome!

I had dinner with a bunch of rockstars. I had the chance to sit down and have a fabulous dinner with John Troyer, Martin Klaus, Ben Scheerer, David Davis, Eric Sloof, Tommy Trogden, and vCOps contest winner Joe Filippello.   Due to the massive amount of brainpower in that room you can imagine there were some great conversations – and the food was fabulous. Thanks Ben for the invite and the re-invite 🙂

My session (OPS-CIM1940). I had the opportunity to participate in a panel session (titled Real World stories of Operational Performance Troubleshooting, Capacity, and Configuration management with vCenter Operations Suite) with a few other attendees and present my stories and experiences with vcops to over 600 people. Never had I spoke in front of that many people before so i was a little nervous but overall i think the session went great and am thankfull for the opportunity

Last but not least is this group of guys (and girl). Honestly they truly make the conference what it is. Most i knew from Twitter already.  Some I met at VMworld 2011, and some I met for the first time this year.   These guys truly made the social part of the conference awesome!  Great group of guys and watch big things to come out of this group 🙂
There really isn’t much information in this post that anyone will benefit from in it and it probably comes off like a little bit of bragging (cuz it is :)).  Either way I guess one takeaway you can pull out of it is get yourself to a VMworld!   Aside from the massive amount of technical information you can bring back, the real value is the contacts you make.  Every subject matter expert is there and no question I had during the show went unanswered, so just get there!  See you in Barcelona!!! – actually I won’t but it just sounded like a good ending…. 🙂

Backup and Replication by VMware – New in vSphere 5.1

There have been a slew of announcements coming out of VMworld in San Francisco this week and also a slew of new products and enhancements to existing products.  During the show I was attempting to look at everything from an SMB point of view and a couple of products that really stuck out for me was that of the new vSphere Data Protection and vSphere Replication.  Below are just a few thoughts around each product, what it has to offer and where it is packaged from within VMwares’ licensing editions.

vSphere Data Protection

First off let’s explore vSphere Data Protection (vDP).  There has been a lot of buzz during and even before the show around vDP and how VMware plans to position it.  Working closely with EMC’s Avamar development team VMware have now packaged their own backup and recovery solution into vSphere 5.1, replacing, yet still supporting its’ predecessor VMware Data Recovery.  In my opinion this is a great move for VMware.  vDR was not gaining too much traction within the SMB or Enterprise market however I believe that vDP will.  Why?  Again, it’s built on top of EMCs Avamar backup and recovery technology therefore leveraging years of experience and ‘lessons learned’ which make the product more seasoned and production ready than vDR ever was.  Also this complete solution is managed and embedded directly from within the new vSphere 5.1 Web Client. From within the same menus that you clone a VM, vMotion, perform power operations you can now apply backup policies and ensure your data is safe and protected.  Simply install the backup appliance and you are good to go.  Now vDP is not for everyone and as with any initial release (either on purpose or not) there are some limitations.  A single vDP Appliance can scale up to 2TB of deduplicated storage or 100 VMs total.  Certainly targeted at the SMB market.  I’m excited to see what vDP has to offer and how widely it is adopted in the SMB space.  vDP is bundled in with the Essentials Plus licensing and above.

vSphere Replication

Again this is nothing new.  With the last release of Site Recovery Manager (SRM) vSphere Replication was included and provided users with the ability to perform replication on a per-VM basis without the need of shared storage or costly SAN replication functionality.  The problem there was it was bundled with SRM, a product in which you probably already were utilizing that costly SAN replication technology anyways.  Well, in vSphere 5.1 that has all changed.  Although still available within SRM, vSphere Replication now is included within the Essentials Plus and above licensing.  And on top of that there have been some new features and enhancements made to vSphere Replication – VSS Support, flexible RTO, and simplified management utilizing the new vSphere 5.1 web client are just a few.  Again, there are some limitations.  The biggest being that there is a 2TB limit (don’t take my word on this, I thought I heard it in the session but am trying to find data to back it up, i know there is most certainly a 500 VM limit) on the amount of data that you can replicate.  If you need more than this you will have to purchase the full SRM suite, that being said, still a great alternative and great news for users in the SMB space.

So, a couple of products coming out of VMworld in the realm of data protection.  I’m interested to see within the next year how many people adopt and use this products.  There are no fancy features being offered that you might get with some of the more established third party products such as the ability to instantly restore your VMs, run VMs directly from backup, Re-IP VMs, etc…  The 2TB lmiits imposed on the backup storage do not really bother me that much, however  I would have loved to also see these bundled into at the very least the Essentials ROBO kits.  It would have been a great way to protect those VMs running in a remote office where only one host resides and Essentials Plus didn’t really make sense.  Only time will tell how widely adopted these products will be but this is certainly a great first step for VMware in my opinion.  The ability to manage all of this from directly inside the web client is huge.  And the ability to protect your virtualized environment with products from your virtualization vendor is even better.  I’d love to hear from you, if you plan to use either vDP or vSphere Replication, if your using it now, or even any thoughts you may have on the releases or any other news coming out of VMworld for that matter…Let me know in the comments…